Updated Information on how small businesses and the self-employed can weather Covid 19 – June 26th, 2020

I have been monitoring the information that is being released by the government in regards to guidance to all of the businesses that are allowed to open up from July 4th.

This includes pubs, restaurants, hair salons, tourist attractions, hotels, b&b’s, campsites and caravan parks.

There are still many businesses that cannot open yet, and these include nightclubs, casinos, bowling alleys, indoor play areas, spas, nail bars, beauty salons, tanning salons, massage parlours, tattoo and piercing parlours, indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor gyms and sports facilities, swimming pools and water parks. Hopefully further guidance will be released soon on how these businesses will be able to open safely, and I will share that information as soon as it becomes available.

For all of the businesses that can open, I have had so many updates about the guidance and how these businesses can safely open, that I don’t think I can cover it properly in blog posts or social media posts – the information is changing that fast that I am struggling to keep on top of it.

So instead of me writing a blog post about all of the rules and regulations and such that businesses should follow, I am going to provide a number of links to where you can find the information that the government is producing. That way, you will be able to access the links directly and keep on top of it.

A lot of what the government is saying does revolve around social distancing. They are still saying that everyone must stay 2m apart, but where it is not possible to do that, they should stay 1m apart and take additional precautions to reduce the exposure to Covid-19. They are also encouraging every business to ensure that all staff and customers are using hand sanitiser and hand-washing facilities frequently to help reduce the spread of the virus.

Here are a list of links that you will find very useful to help you to be able to open your business safely:This is the article that discusses which businesses are allowed to open from July 4th and provides a brief overview for what each business should do: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/opening-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england-from-4-july-2020

This link takes you to the page on the government website that has links to guidance for each individual business sector: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

I haven’t provided individual links for each of the 12 guides that are listed on the page, but here are some of the ones that I think would be beneficial to the majority of my clients:
5 Steps to Working Safely: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/5-steps-to-working-safely
Close Contact Services: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/close-contact-services
Construction and other outdoor work: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/construction-and-other-outdoor-work
Hotels and other guest accommodation: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/hotels-and-other-guest-accommodation
Offices and contact centres: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/offices-and-contact-centres
Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery
Shops and branches: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/shops-and-branches
The Visitor Economy: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/the-visitor-economy

Each of these links goes into further details about how to safely open the business. It is divided into sections that you can open and read, but you can also download the guidance and a poster to display in your workplace. The downloadable document is very long and lengthy. All of this information is being updated regularly by the government, so it’s worth keeping an eye on it every week to just ensure you are staying on top of all the requirements for opening your business and operating safely.

I am continually monitoring the updates that the government and other business-related departments release and will continue to share that information for as long as I feel that it is beneficial to all businesses in the UK.

The information and policies are continually being updated by the government, so I urge you to keep on top of the information by visiting the relevant website for your area.

UK:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses
Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
Wales: https://gov.wales/business-and-employers-coronavirus
Northern Ireland: https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/

I will be trying to keep myself as informed as possible and will share relevant information on my fb business page: https://www.facebook.com/ihelmenterprises/